Cincinnati Bengals: Prepare for Detroit Lions

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Preseason games don’t mean much for the starters and immediate back ups, but it can have a huge impact of those fighting for position.

Players like Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, and Geno Atkins have no concerns about where their position on this team lies. However, for players like Marcus Hardison, Alex Erickson, and C.J. Uzomah, it could mean the difference between a spot on the roster and an invitation for the practice squad.

The Bengals will head to Detroit for their second preseason game of 2016. The biggest concern so far has been the injuries that keep mounting up for this team before the season even starts. Players like Tyler Kroft, William Jackson III, and Andrew Billings have all been sidelined with injuries in training camp.

That opens up opportunities for C.J. Uzomah and Marcus Hardison to prove they belong on this roster. They will get their second chance in this weeks preseason match up against the Detroit Lions. The question is can they step up to the challenge?

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There is another battle behind the scenes that is not being talked about as much. We know that Shawn Williams and George Iloka are the top two safeties. The final two spots are not as set. Kyle Phelps of Cincy Jungle, pointed out the rance is on between Derron Smith, Jimmy Wilson, Clayton Fejedelem, and Floyd Raven Sr. This will be the position battle to watch this week.

The Bengals secondary will also face a familiar sight across the field with Marvin Jones set to take a series or two against his old team. This could prove what the Bengals are going to be missing this season, but it could also prove they made a smart decision by letting him go.

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The Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions will face off Thursday evening at 7:30pm. It could prove to be just what the Bengals need to start settling into their 2016 selves.